hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,329 miles

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Volkswagen Jetta Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 202014

Jetta 6-cyl

  • 86,642 miles


Beware of this used car - it needs serious mechanical work. I test drove it and realized that the transmission slips, the timing chain rattles, and the A/C did not work.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Aug 132013

Jetta 4-cyl

  • 85,673 miles
Raining not hard. Wipers slow down. Complete stop of wiper action. No prior notice of bad operation first thought was fuse. Was not the fuse.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 062008


  • miles
I own a 2001 VW Jetta. I bought it 3 years ago, used from the Volkswagen dealership. The automobile was sold as a "certified" auto, which I found out later does not mean much. My trunk is locked shut and does not open manually or with remote, I've had to replace cv boots, catalytic converter, transmission and numerous headlight, taillight and blinker bulbs. And today one of my headlights is so dim, it doesn't really provide any light when it is dark. I have replaced it and replaced it. It stays fine for about 2 days and then just dims out again. I can't afford to keep taking it to Volkswagen. It's a rip off and they don't even fix anything right anyway. My engine fan went out all of the sudden the other day, causing the car to overheat. I had to get it towed. That isn't the first time I have had to pay to have it towed. The interior plastic coating on armrests and all plastic inside is peeling and looks terrible. When I push unlock all doors, the driver's side back seat door will not open unless I reach inside and pull the lock open manually. There is so much more, but I don't want to waste my time. I know nothing will happen, even though it is so obvious that these cars are complete lemons, and they need to stop selling them to people.

- La Quinta, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 113,000 miles
Right front drive shaft became slightly out of round by about 30 thous. This problem cannot be explained by any regular means except the dealer says we must have hit something. It is virtually impossible to hit the shaft because it is protected. I believe this is metal fatigue that comes from highspeed highway driving as I commute daily about 250 km.the car is only 22 months old but I now have 125,800 km on it.I suspect this problem would have never occured if I was only driving the average 20,000km per year and on the highway from time to time. Dealer was not even interested in contacting volkswagon to see if there was any help available.

- Long Sault, UN, USA

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